Press release for Thursday’s signing event.

Waterstone’s Press Release
Date of release: 23rd November 2010

Stars come out for The Deansgate Christmas Signings

Meet favourite authors, enjoy music, magic and cupcakes and get in the festive spirit at Waterstone’s Deansgate from 6pm on Thursday 9th December when the city centre bookshop hosts The Deansgate Christmas Signings.

15 authors will be attending this very special event, with shoppers getting the chance to meet the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, designer Nicky Haslam, DJ Dave Haslam, entertainer Mike Harding, footballer Rick Holden, garden expert Anna Pavord and historian Juliet Barker amongst others. Young bookworms will get the chance to meet children’s author Diana Shaw and bestselling kids book illustrator Jane Ray. Writers from Manchester’s thriving literary scene will also be in attendance including Jennifer Kirk and Steve Worthington, and all of the authors appearing will be signing copies of their books, which will make ideal Christmas presents for friends and family.

There’ll also be entertainment from Lime Tree Primary School Choir & the James Goodwin Stage School, music from cellist Li Lu and magic from Jez Mansfield.

Hey Little Cup Cakes will be offering samples of their yummy wares, and there will be festive refreshments on sale at 2nd View Restaurant and Bar including Warm Mulled Wine & Cider, Christmas Cocktails and mince pies.

Waterstone’s Manchester Deansgate events coordinator Vivien Hamilton says

“I love Christmas and so decided I wanted to organize a really festive extravaganza for all our customers to enjoy. We’ve had such a fantastic response from writers and illustrators that we hope to make The Deansgate Christmas Signings an annual event, and for it to become a major fixture on Manchester’s cultural calendar.”

For further information please contact Waterstone’s Deansgate on 0843 2908485

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Media enquiries

Please contact

Vivien Hamilton
Waterstone’s Manchester Deansgate Events Coordinator
Tel 0843 2908485

Mel Harris
Waterstone’s Press Office
Tel 0115 9419863

Notes to Editors

The Deansgate Christmas Signings event will be held on Thursday 9th December from 6pm at Waterstone’s, 91 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW Tel 0843 2908485

The authors who will be attending are:

Carol Ann Duffy
Author of Mrs Scrooge (Picador £4.99) and Another Night Before Christmas (Picador £4.99)

Nicky Haslam
author of Redeeming Features (Vintage £9.99)

Rick Holden
author of Football: It’s a Minging Life (DB Publishing £16.99)

Andrew Bibby
author of The BackBone of England (Frances Lincoln £20)

Jane Ray
Author of Ahmed and the Feather Girl (Frances Lincoln £11.99)

Dave Haslam
Author of Manchester England (Fourth Estate £8.99)

Deborah Hudson & Tony Husband
Authors of Sing Your Heart Out (Schott Music £4.99)

Diana Shaw
Author of Septimus Smythe and the Spectre Detectors (Quick Brown Fox £4.99)

Anna Pavord
author of The Curious Gardener (Bloomsbury £20)

Steve Hollyman
Author of Keeping Britain Tidy (Transmission Print £8.99)

Steve Worthington
Author of Once In a Blue Moon (The History Press £8.99)

Juliet Barker
Author of The Brontes (Abacus £14.99)

Jennifer Kirk
Author of Bringing Home the Stars (DS Press £7.99

Mike Harding
Author of Strange Lights over Bexleyheath (Luath Press £9.99